Separatists, Hizbul Exert Pressure On PDP Against Going With BJP

8 January 2015
Mufti Islah

Srinagar: Even though the People's Democratic Party is the single largest in the 87-member Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, yet it is no where near forming the next government in the state. With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) winning 25 seats to emerge as the second largest party in the state and eyeing a shot at power, the political dynamics has undergone a massive change. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed led PDP and BJP had initiated talks to form government together but the move has raised the hackles of separatists and terror group who have warned the former against such a move. Terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) on Wednesday said any government in Jammu and Kashmir 'will be at India's beck and call' and like previous governments, the new government 'will also put the dignity of Kashmiri people at stake and leave no stone unturned in looting the state resources.' Separatists, Hizbul exert pressure on PDP against going with BJP in Jammu and Kashmir In a statement to a local news gathering agency, the United Jihad Council spokesperson Salim Hashmi while quoting Hizb chief Syed Salahuddin said, 'In presence of 8 lakh Indian soldiers, the poll process in Jammu and Kashmir is a futile exercise. People of Kashmir after observing a complete shutdown on the eve of Modi's visit to Srinagar showed the world that they are against Indian occupation and are part and parcel of the ongoing freedom struggle.' Salahuddin said, 'like the meaningless poll process, the government that will be formed will also be meaningless and have a wobbly reputation.' 'Those who believe this government will provide them succor and heal their wounds are living in a fool's paradise. Kashmiri people have no expectations from such hand-picked governments of New Delhi. And now the ugly face of the government will appear when it will be formed with the support of most communal, anti Kashmiri and anti-Muslim party BJP,' Salahuddin said. He said the Modi government neither helped the flood victims of Kashmir nor allowed international community to help them. 'This attitude of the Modi government exposed its anti-Muslim and anti-Kashmir policy,' Salahuddin said. He reiterated that separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani had said that BJP was not in the best interest of Kashmiris. The statements follows a meeting between Mohammad Sayeed and moderate Hurriyat leader Abdul Gani Bhat.